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Celebrating Women’s Institute Day

WIs have been an important part of our community for more than 100 years
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Proclamation: WOMEN’S INSTITUTE DAY - February 19, 2021


For 124 years, Women’s Institute members have actively worked together for family, home, community and country. The objective of the first Women’s Institute branch, formed in Stoney Creek on February 19, 1897, was to improve women’s skills in the art of homemaking and childcare; and


The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario (FWIO) was organized in 1919, giving Members a stronger voice by working together as a united group. Through education, support programs and services, FWIO’s original focus expanded to include personal growth opportunities, government lobbying and health and community wellness projects; and


Today, FWIO has approximately 3,500 Members in over 280 Branches across Ontario; and


The Bond Head Women's Institute was formed in 1920, and the Tec We Gwill Women's Institute was founded in 1947, providing women in southern Simcoe County a place to learn, share and support one another and our community.


That His Worship Mayor Rob Keffer and Members of Council proclaim February 19, 2021 as WOMEN’S INSTITUTE DAY in the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury.